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A gay African-American hustler and aspiring cabaret performer, Jason Holliday is the sole on-screen presence in this mesmerising film. He narrates his troubled life story to the camera, behind which filmmaker Shirley Clarke and her partner at the time, actor Carl Lee, provoke and berate Jason with increasing hostility as the film progresses. 

The film employs avant-garde and cinéma vérité techniques to reach the tragedy underlying Jason's theatrical, exaggerated persona. Dealing with issues of social economic separatism and internalised homophobia and racism, Portrait Of Jason is one of the most underrated gems of black queer cinema, and is one of the earliest examples of openly gay black men on screen.

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